The Department of Clinical Psychology offer services for those in need of professional psychological help across the life span – from childhood to old age. The major areas of services include assessments, diagnostic services and psychotherapies.
Services Offered & Beneficiaries
Psychotherapy and Counseling Services
Therapeutic services aim at addressing and improving the psychological health of persons through interventions that supplement but do not use medications.
- Relaxation Training : Relaxation techniques help a person to relax; to attain a state of increased calmness and reduce levels of anxiety, stress or anger. Relaxation techniques can decrease muscle tension, lower the blood pressure and slow heart and breath rates, among other health benefits.
- Behavior Therapy : Behavioral treatment approaches are focused on treating maladaptive behaviors. The therapeutic approach assumes that both normal and maladaptive behaviors are learned and that appropriate therapy will help a person learn new adaptive behavior and ‘unlearn’ maladaptive behavior.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy : Cognitive behavioral approaches focus on changing the faulty cognitions (thinking processes) of people about themselves and other people to more accurate perceptions.
- Family and Marital Psychotherapy : Family and Marital services focus on the family or the couple as a single integral unit to which each member contributes significantly. In family and couple therapy, the entire family or both members of a couple are treated simultaneously – not just the person identified as having the “problem”. The therapy also focuses on enhancing adjustment between the couple and other members of the family unit.
- Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy : A wide variety of developmental (autism, mental retardation), behavioral (hyperactivity, conduct disorders), and emotional challenges (depression, anxiety, stress related rage) of children and adolescents are assessed and treated by using behavioral, cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic methods.
- Group Therapy : Group Psychotherapy is a therapy in which a group is guided by a trained therapist to help each member of the group effect changes. Several technical maneuvers and theoretical constructs are used by the therapist to optimally utilize the group members’ interactions to make that change.
Assessment and Diagnostic Services
- Assessment of Intelligence : A deficiency in intelligence can be a major reason for poor performance at school, or other activities of daily life. Using standardized procedures, we assess the intellectual ability of the person and try to understand the level at which he or she is functioning.
- Assessment of Personality : This service helps to identify personality traits underlying various psychiatric conditions and personality disorders.
- Diagnostic Clarification of Psychiatric Disorders : This service aids in the diagnosis as well as the severity of an underlying psychiatric disorders using standardized diagnostic materials such as Rorschach Inkblot Test, Thematic Apperception Test, Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory and rating scales.
- Neuropsychological Services : This service primarily aims at understanding the various functions of the brain by a detailed assessment using standardized neuropsychological tests. It is useful in planning intervention and rehabilitation strategies and tracking improvements in functioning.
Children with problems of :
- Developmental delays
- Eating and sleeping disorders
- Sibling rivalry
- Sexual misconduct
- Fear of examination
- Adjustment reaction due to stress
- Learning difficulties
- Problems of attention and concentration
- Decreased scholastic performance
Older Adults with problems of :
- Personality changes
Adolescents with problems of:
- Improper sexual behaviors
- Learning difficulties
- Adjustments problems
- Inferiority feelings
Adults with problems of:
- Chronic psychogenic pains
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Marital and sexual problems
- Feeling of insecurity
- Lack of self confidence
- Self condemnation
Community Outreach Programs
Seminar on Substance Use and Addiction – December 03, 2022
On December 3rd, 2022, Jesty Sunny, 1st year M.Phil Clinical Psychology trainee went to Amrita Vidyalayam, Edapally for a one day session on “Substance Use and Addiction” under the guidance of faculty Mr. Gokul T. Priyan. The program was organized by the Department of Clinical Psychology, Amrita Hospital, Kochi as part of the “Drug Awareness Campaign”.
The session was specifically for CBSE students and teachers selected from different schools in and around Ernakulam. The program was hosted by Amrita Vidyalayam as part of the CBSE Regional Adolescent Summit – 2022.
The main aim of the program was to build awareness about different substances and the risk factors associated with it among school children and teachers. This would help them to identify the students who are at a risk of substance use and also to refer them to proper treatment settings. The program started at 1:30 PM with the introduction talk by Mr. Gokul T. Priyan on the topic “Cyber Bullying among Adolescents”.
At 2:00 PM the session was handed over to Jesty Sunny who explained about the “Types of substances, dependencies, addiction, factors affecting addiction, withdrawal symptoms, and also about the different treatment modalities for substance addiction”. By 3:30 PM session came to an end and conclusion was given by Mr. Gokul T. Priyan.
At 4:00 PM, the program was concluded with the vote of thanks from Dr. Renjini, the Principal of Amrita Vidyalayam, Kochi. The Principal thanked the Department of Clinical Psychology for reaching out to them amidst of the busy hospital schedules.
International Day of Disabled Persons
On December 2nd, 2022 under the guidance of Ms.Bindu R, 8 M.Phil trainees went to Amrita Institute for Differently Abled, Valummel on behalf of International Day of Disabled Persons.
Similarly, under the guidance of Mr. Gokul T Priyan, M.Phil trainees went to Sukarma Vikas Kendra, on behalf of International day of Disabled Persons and conducted several activities.
Drug Awareness Campaign
Participants : Students of Govt. Schools (9th,10th,11th and 12th standard).
Facilitators : 10 M.Phil Clinical Psychology Trainees along with 2 faculties.